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  • As the thoughts move in the mind of a man, so move the worlds of men and women in the mind of God...the offspring of his imagination. Man is but a thought of God.
  • Attitudes are more important than facts.
  • Certainly work is not always required of man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness — the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.
  • Do you think that the work God gives us to do is never easy? Jesus says that His yoke is easy, His burden is light. People sometimes refuse to do God's work just because it is easy ... But however easy any work may be, it cannot be well done without taking thought about it.
  • Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
  • How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
  • I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans.
  • It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men.
  • It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down.
  • It matters little where a man may be at this moment; the point is whether he is growing.
  • Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.
  • No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
  • No man can order his life, for it comes flowing over him from behind ... The one secret of life and development is not to devise and plan but to fall in with the forces at work — to do every moment's duty aright — that being the part in the process allotted to us: and let come — not what will, for there is no such thing — but what the eternal thought wills for each of us, has intended in each of us from the first.
  • The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
  • The principal part of faith is patience.
  • The uncertainty lies always in the intellectual region, never in the practical.
  • There are thousands willing to do great things for one willing to do a small thing.
  • There is a communion with God that asks for nothing, yet asks for everything ... He who seeks the Father more than anything He can give, is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss.
  • To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.
  • To try to make others comfortable is the only way to get right comfortable ourselves, and that comes partly of not being able to think so much about ourselves when we are helping other people. For our Selves will always do pretty well if we don't pay them too much attention. Our Selves are like some little children who will be happy enough so long as they are left to their own games, but when we begin to interfere with them, and make them presents of too nice playthings, or too many sweet things, they begin at once to fret and spoil.
  • Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty.
  • You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water — an inch deep and then the mud.
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